From the introduction to the BOM: "It is a record of God's dealings with the ancient inhabitants of the Americas and contains the fullness of the everlasting gospel." Members are encouraged to focus on the spiritual value of the BOM instead of the historical aspects.published an article in the Church News section called 'Geography Problems' (p.Holy Ghost) to personally authenticate the truthfulness of the origins and content of the Book of Mormon.Given constant encouragement from general and local leaders of reliance on supernatural manifestations (a testimony) over testable claims, it is not surprising that many faithful Latter-Day Saints seem unfazed by empirical evidence (or the lack of it) contradicting Book of Mormon claims, whether the research is conducted by Mormon or non-Mormon archaeologists and historians.LDS Church members are taught that the Book of Mormon (BOM) is scripture, as well as a true record of the inhabitants of the Americas from about 2200 BC to 420 AD.Although it serves primarily as a religious text, it is to be interpreted literally as being an actual, historical record of the inhabitants of the ancient Americas.
Archaeology Scientific community Non-LDS archaeologists Nahom Linguistics Hill Cumorah DNA Population problems Impossible events King James Bible Nature of God Most correct book?The other came much earlier when the Lord confounded the tongues at the Tower of Babel. After thousands of years, all were destroyed except the Lamanites, and they are the principal ancestors of the American Indians." of the BOM say all of the people chronicled in the book were destroyed, except the Lamanites, and they are the principal ancestors of the American Indians." The new introduction reads much the same, but says the Lamanites are among the ancestors of the American Indians causing some debate.Concerning this record the Prophet Joseph Smith said: "I told the brethren that the Book of Mormon was the most correct of any book on earth, and the keystone of our religion, and a man would get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts, than by any other book." Latter-day Saints are repeatedly encouraged to rely on a witness of the spirit (i.e.No archaeological, linguistic, genetic or any other evidence of Hebrew culture in the Americas has ever been found to support the existence of such a people portrayed in the BOM.The book also contains numerous anachronisms like horses, elephants, wheat, barley, steel, silk, etc., that scientists say didn't exist in the Americas during BOM times.So, although the apologist's explanation seemed to make sense, on further examination it crumbles.The apologist cannot leave it there, she must do whatever twisting and turning it takes to maintain her belief in the "truthfulness" of the document and its translation.For example, William Shakespeare wrote in his play, "Julius Caesar," that Brutus said, "Peace!Count the clock," with Cassius replying, "The clock has stricken three." The problem is that the play took place in 44 BC—a time period in which "striking" clocks had not yet been invented.For critics, the idea is not what is possible, but what is probable.What is the probability of a reference to a clock that strikes hours realistically appearing in a document from 44 BC?